All of the paperwork side of the textile symposium is taken care of – class scheduling, program book, the various signs and forms and sheets that need to be prepared.
Now there’s just the cooking for 100 for the weekend part… the dishes that have been in storage have been washed, the bread ordered, the meat ordered, menus and shopping lists and portioning and serving plans made, helpers recruited. I bought all the dry goods last weekend (but did I get enough jam?), and more shopping will happen tomorrow and Friday (both days I’m taking off work). A bit of cooking will be done tonight, but the main effort starts tomorrow: baking desserts, and chopping. Twenty pounds of onions, at least, six pounds of mushrooms, eighteen pounds of root vegetables. Friday I’ll pick up the meat and bread and other perishables and head out to the site. Clean the kitchen, bake the tarts, make soup, prep for Saturday’s breakfast. Saturday I will be in the kitchen from 11am on, so I won’t be able to attend any classes.
Except mine. Oh yeah, I’m teaching a class on synthetic dyes, for medievalists who don’t have time, patience or otherwise aren’t able or interested in using natural dyes. What dyes to use, what other equipment is needed, safety precautions, and what will it look like?
The lighting is unfortunate, but pretty, no? I did up a colorwheel in 20/2 silk as part of my familiarization process with the Lanaset dyes. No streaking, no breaking, no bleeding. I’m really quite happy with these, though they are a lot of work to use.
Wish me luck, and I’ll see you next week sometime.